by Zacki Jabbar
The JVP said yesterday that it was awaiting President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s announcement of the Supreme Court ruling on the determination he had sought with regard to his eligibility to seek re-election for a third term to decide on its future course of action.
Former JVP leader and current Politburo member Somawansa Amerasinghe told The Island last night that JVP awaits they believed in going step by step . “Once the SC opinion on the Presidents reference is known, we will announce what our next course of action is. Until then we will be studying the political developments that are taking place.”
The JVP which was yet to officially join the Joint Opposition Front (JOF) which was formed yesterday, is on the list of political parties scheduled to participate in tomorrow’s Janaralle at Muttiah Park , Colombo calling for the abolition of the Executive Presidency or the dilution of the powers of that institution. The rally has been organized by the Peoples’ Movement for a Just Society headed by Sobitha Thera and National Council for a Clean Tomorrow led by Ven. Rathana Thera.
The other parties scheduled to attend the Muttiah Park rally include the UNP, a breakaway group of the LSSP and CP, the Democratic Party, the Nava Sihala Urumaaya, the Democratic People’s Front and National Unity Alliance, who are all members of the JOF former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and many civil society and professional organisations.
The JOF objectives include the abolition of the executive presidency, the re-enactment of the 17th Amendment which established the Independent Commissions, Right to Information Act, electoral reforms, the elimination of corruption and the revival of the economy.
Meanwhile, the JOF has decided that the UNP’s Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya would be the most suitable Common Presidential candidate. His appointment would be announced in due course, a spokesman for the JOF said, adding that it would thereafter be left to the UNP Working Committee to ratify Jayasuriya’s name.
Government sources said that the next presidential election was likely to be held on January 3,2015.